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Welcome to our page. Since you are here it means you are either thinking about quitting or already decided to.

CONGRATULATIONS! You just made your best life investment! Allow us to tell you why WHEN YOU GIVE UP ONE HABIT, WE GURANTEE YOU ALL THE REWARDS BELOW

Quitting is not going to be easy but it is not impossible.

With the support of our dedicated experts, we will design the right plan for you to succeed.

Expected health benefits and timelines

PERIODBENEFITS OF QUITTING
After first 3 daysStart to decline. You will also feel gradual improvements in your breathing and general health.
After 2-3 monthsYour circulation becomes better, especially Peripheral circulation and lung function improves by 25%
After 3-9 monthsYou get rid of morning cough, severe congestions, difficulty in breathing, easing fatigue and phlegm (sputum)
After First yearYour risk of getting coronary heart disease decreases by nearly 50%
After 2 yearsThe risk of getting a heart attack is almost Equal to non-smokers
Other BenefitsImproved social acceptability.Substantial cost savings over a period of time.

HOW DO YOU GET READY TO QUIT SMOKING?

Get ready to quit!

For most people just thinking about quitting smoking makes them anxious, but if you prepare or plan ahead of time your chances will be better

Before you quit, start with the following:

  • Set a date to quit
  • Tell family, friends and co-workers
  • Remove cigarette and other tobacco products from home, car and work
  • Speak to your doctor about getting help to quit
  • Prepare for the obstacle you face while quitting

Set a date to quit:

  • Choose a date that is not longer than two weeks.
  • Link your start date with a special occasion. (Birthday, New Year, Haj).
  • If you smoke at work, quit on a weekend, holidays or a day off.

Tell family, friends and co-workers:

  • Give your family and friends fair warning so that they understand your change in mood.
  • Encourage your friends that smoke to quit with you, or not to smoke around you.
  • If you are taking any medication please speak to your doctor as nicotine changes how some drugs work.
  • The more support you get, the better the result.
  • Plan and expect challenges you will face while quitting:
    • You may be more tempted when you are stressed or feeling down
    • Plan for how to deal with the urge before it hits
    • Expect feelings of withdrawal, which vary from person to person like headache, stress and strong urge for smoking.
  • Most people who go back to smoking within 3 months, challenge yourself with milestones.

Remove Cigarette and other tobacco products from home, car and work:

  • Make sure you remove anything that reminds you about smoking including smell, by keeping things clean and fresh at work, in your car and at home.
  • Make sure you throw away your cigarettes and matches (lighter) from your car, office and home.
  • Don’t leave any pack of cigarette to prove that you have strong will power, you will make it easier to start again.
  • DON’T SUBSTITUTE CIGARETTES WITH OTHER FORMS OF TOBACCO

Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit:

  • Remember quitting on your own is not your only choice, seek professional help.
  • Talk to your doctor who will answer your questions and give you advice.
  • Join smoking Cessation Program. 
  • Your doctor can prescribe medicine that might be helpful.

Step 1: Physical Assessment

The Smoking Cessation Program begins with a full physical health assessment tailored to your needs and risk factors that co-exist with smoking. This includes a detailed smoking history, an ECG, carbon monoxide level measurement, blood pressure and a chest x-ray. More tests could be added on case basis.

Step 2: Customized plan

Next, your doctor will discuss with you the available strategies and create a customized plan that suits you better. You will work together to decide on a “quit date.” Some of the supportive strategies include behavioral, pharmacological, psychological, and alternative approaches. Some examples include stress management, managing difficult situations, relapse prevention, harmful effects of smoking, benefits of quitting and tips for getting healthier.

Step 3: Monitoring and Support

Your doctor will continue to meet with you regularly over the following few weeks to review your medications, to address any challenges and to provide support and counseling.

Step 4: Program Conclusion

At the end of the program, your doctor will go over the summary of your progress, and discuss strategies to ensure you remain smoke-free. Relapse is common so your doctor will help you identify triggers and prepare a plan for relapse prevention.

INSURANCE COVERAGE

Smoking cessation is currently covered for Thiqa members yet special packages can be created for those interested but don’t have an insurance coverage.

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